Since the inception of the National Electricity Market, the electricity industry has been driven to improved levels of operating efficiency. In the meanwhile, our population and appetite for energy and technology has continued to grow. This has resulted in a tightening balance between generation supply and consumer demand. In fact, increased pressure on electricity supply now magnifies system stress during peak demand periods and extreme weather conditions. The result being that ongoing supply reliability at consistent low prices cannot be guaranteed.

Load Curtailment seeks to manage the demand and price risk zones at the centre of this new market dynamic. Whilst major energy generation is beyond the control of end-users, a range of Load Curtailment strategies can improve both the operational efficiency and profitability of the energy market. Load Curtailment is the active response by an end-user to extreme market prices, demand or network overload. During periods of intense volatility, market pricing can reach extreme levels, and it is during these times that end-users can choose to actively reduce energy consumption, thereby freeing up generation or network capacity. Load Curtailment can also mean simply using energy during lower price periods, or operating an on-site generator.

The resultant freed generation and network capacity can achieve significant savings to energy retailers, networks and traders, and it is this value that can be leveraged and shared by end-users.

Selectricity can evaluate your capacity to reduce or generate energy, and ensure your profit is maximized via a comprehensive retail and/or network contract.  We have the independent expertise to assess both the economic benefits and operational requirements of a successful Load Curtailment program.

The key benefits of Load Curtailment are :

1. reduced capital expenditure for increased generation and/or network capacity

2. reduced exposure to excessive demand and price volatility

3. profit share with energy traders and retailers

4. increased reserve generation capacity

5. enhanced local network supply quality and reliability

6. reduced carbon emissions under extreme market conditions

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